Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Clownfish in Hawaii?

Photo: Julie Bedford, NOAA
Did you know that there are no Clownfish in Hawaiian waters? Clownfish can be only be found in the western IndoPacific. This is because Clownfish are linked to certain species of large anemones, which are not found in Hawaiian waters. However, many people confuse the juvenile Yellowtail Coris for a Clownfish when diving in Hawaii because of its coloration. Juvenile Yellowtail Coris are common to see in the summer time.
Photo: John Coney UHH MOP, Juvenile Yellowtail Coris